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Tackling Antisemitism in Sport

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Maccabi GB's 'Tackling Antisemitism in Sport' project launched in September 2023 in partnership with the Office of HM Government's Independent Adviser on Antisemitism. The project is actively addressing antisemitism within the realm of British sports, initially concentrating on the football pyramid. The initiative seeks to explore educational opportunities as part of governing bodies' equality and diversity training networks. The Project's goal is to involve Sports Clubs, Organisations, Leagues, and more in educating themselves about the historical context and contemporary manifestations of antisemitism. Through this, it aims to empower these entities with the knowledge and tools necessary to recognise and combat antisemitism within a sporting environment.

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The Statistics

  • In the 2022/23 season, Kick It Out received a record 1,007 reports of discriminatory behaviour across the football pyramid.

  • Nearly 50% of faith-based discrimination reported to Kick It Out were antisemitic incidents.

  • CST received 96 reports of antisemitic incidents in professional football from January 2022 - December 2023.

  • In grassroots football, children as young as 7 have been targeted with antisemitic abuse.

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Recent Work

AFC Wimbledon - Regional Antisemitism in Football Workshop - 17th May 2024
 

Hosted by AFC Wimbledon at their stadium, Plough Lane, we gave our antisemitism in football workshop to AFC Wimbledon staff, as well as staff from clubs and County FAs in the surrounding area, including: Luton Town, Amateur FA, Surrey FA and more.

The workshop was well-received and antisemitism found to be a topic that many of the clubs have not discussed in great depth previously, but endeavour to include in their future wider ED&I training.

Middlesex FA - Antisemitism in Football Workshop - 1st May 2024
 

Middlesex County Football Association welcomed us to provide our antisemitism in football workshop for their staff team. This was a topic that was found to be particularly relevant for the team at Middlesex, due to the high number of Jewish teams and leagues in the Middlesex County FA jurisdiction.

"Thank you very much for delivering a very engaging and insightful workshop. The staff team all provided really positive feedback to us and discussions continued in the office following the session." Middlesex FA staff member

Lancashire and West Riding FA – Antisemitism in Football Training Workshop - 20th and 21st March 2024
 

We were welcomed by the County FAs of Lancashire and West Riding, where we delivered our antisemitism in football workshop for the staff teams of each county.

The workshops focussed on the grassroots aspect of the game and following the completion of the workshop, the participants are now more confident in their ability to recognise and deal with an incident of antisemitism as they see it. 

Burnley – Antisemitism in Football Training Workshop - 27th February 2024
 

We delivered our 'antisemitism in football' workshop at Turf Moor for the staff teams at Burnley Football Club.

We were invited to deliver this session by The Fed, who had Holocaust Survivor, Ike Alterman speak to the group.

Ike's story was truly inspirational and it was an honour to be able to speak about contemporary antisemitism in the same event as Ike.